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Jason Kipnis aiming for weekend return to Cleveland Indians

Morning news and notes for Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

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Jason is upset that his parents won’t let him go out and play with the rest of the neighbor kids.
Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images

Over the past three games, I’ve watched one and missed two. The Indians are 2-1 during that time span. I’ll let you guess which day the lone loss came on.

Indians 3, Twins 1

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Danny Salazar settled down after the first couple of innings and gave the Tribe six solid innings of one run ball. On the offensive side of things, Michael Brantley continued to round into form with a blast to right center field, Francisco Lindor extended his hitting streak to 11 games, and Yan Gomes reached base three times!

Tribe News

Tribe hopes to have Kipnis back on Friday | MLB

Jason Kipnis has been working through a right shoulder injury since spring training and has yet to make his season debut. Tito is hoping that Kip will be able to join the team for their series against the Chicago White Sox this coming weekend. Getting Kipnis back for their road trip to US Cellular Field Guaranteed Rate Field (this physically hurts to type, it’s so awful) would be a nice spark to the offense; in his career, Kipnis has a slash line of .305/.371/.480 when playing at the home of the White Sox.

Tomlin looks to get on track in Minnesota | MLB

Josh Tomlin has not looked good so far in the young 2017 season. In just 6.1 innings (note: that’s over two starts, not one), Tomlin has already given up 13 earned runs. If he doesn’t start giving the Tribe some length, there’s a certain long haired fellow in Columbus who is itching to get back to the big league club.

What are the Cleveland Indians’ options if Yan Gomes can’t turn it around? |

Zack Meisel digs into the numbers and concludes that...yup, Yan Gomes is struggling.

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